DeafSpace: A New Architecture for a More Livable and Sustainable World
Hansel Bauman is an architect currently serving as the Gallaudet University Campus Architect and is the founding partner of Hansel Bauman architect + planner (hb a+p). Over twenty years, Mr. Bauman has developed a diverse, international portfolio of projects that enhance cultural and sensory experiences within buildings for academic, civic, industrial, and residential uses. His work also includes urban and campus planning projects in the United States and China.
In collaboration with the ASL Deaf Studies Department at Gallaudet University Mr. Bauman founded the DeafSpace Project in 2006-a research and campus design project leading to the development of the "DeafSpace Design Guide". Since 2006 he has served as a design consultant on a range of projects serving the deaf community including the Rocky Mountain Deaf School, DeafHope, a transitional housing community for abused deaf women and Deaf Village, Ireland. While at Gallaudet University he has overseen the development of the 2022 Campus Plan, the design and construction of the university's newest student residence hall and consulted on the design vision for the redevelopment of the 6th Street corridor adjacent the Gallaudet campus.
Mr. Bauman has taught at Gallaudet University and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. His writings include "DeafSpace: Architecture for a More Sustainable and Livable World" in the forthcoming The New Normal: Deaf Gain and the Future of Human Diversity by Minnesota Press and "The Power of Place: The Evolution of Kendall Green," with Dr. Ben Bahan, published in A Fair Chance in the Race of Life, 2007, Gallaudet Press. He has lectured extensively including the American Institute of Architects' International Conference, 2012; Disabilities and Public Space at the University of Oslo, Norway, 2011 and the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2010.
His work on the DeafSpace Guidelines has been published in METROPOLIS magazine and online publications including The Atlantic / CITIES and WIRED. In 2012 Mr. Bauman joined the American National Standards Institute', A117.1 Accessible Buildings Committee representing the National Association of the Deaf and has contributed to the development of Ireland's national Universal Design guidelines.